Quote from lane413:My mom had graves disease back in 2000, and received rai treatment. She was prescribed levothroid. Since that time her endo left the area and her gp treats her. My question is how can I get the gp to test more than the tsh. I read on this board and in other articles that the T-3 and the T-4 as well as the tsh must be tested.
Her dr. said it isn't necessary, I don't know what to believe. Also, why do some doctors prescribe synthroid over armour? Is one better than the other? My mom wasn't given a choice. :rolleyes:
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Please try to find a good endo. I found a great one on [url]www.about.com[/url] by typing in "top docs" and finding endos in my area. Also, I found another really great integrative medicine doc (means he doesn't mess with my Armour thyroid and believes in mixing western medicine with herbal stuff...works great !). I asked our local compounding pharmacist and he was more than happy to make referrals. I've used one of the local standard pharmacies, with whom I have a great relationship, and he answers all my other questions.
How is your mother feeling? Do you feel that more could be done for her? If so, start looking around.
Yes, most docs find it easier to put patients on a standard dose of T4 and never think of them any more. I had that problem for years! It was all in my head, they said!
Read all the sticky notes for more background. I'm sure you'll be grinding your teeth by the end.
Yes, her FREE T3 and FREE T4 should be done, but find that endo first. Ask the office nurse before making any appointment if that doc uses Armour thyroid. Chances are, if he does, he'll be more open minded on your mother's treatment.